If there’s one thing Andrea McMullen loves, it’s a challenge. So five years ago, when she and her husband and their three teenagers first spotted this 1960s Frank Lloyd Wright-style home – in some serious need of TLC – it was a project she knew she had to take on.
As owner of ADM Design, renovations and makeovers are well within Andrea’s comfort zone. (Handily, her business has its own contracting team and a retail location, which doesn’t make a renovation easy but can certainly smooth out any bumps in the road.) Even so, Andrea admits, the scale of the project didn’t completely reveal itself until after the family had moved in. “We knew there was a lot to do, but we didn’t know quite how much,” she says with a laugh.
First, the couple tackled the outside, replacing a lot of the stone exterior. Then, they added a cedar roof – but very carefully – so as not to disturb copper edging with its aged green patina. “Everything we did outside was to bring the house back to a style that was more in keeping with the era when it was built,” says Andrea.
Inside, the family drained the indoor pool painted stone-shaped designs on its floor. The adjacent games room got a complete overhaul. It is now a natural hub for the family’s frequent gatherings and parties.
The home's original fireplace had been built off-centre to the living room, but with the help of The Fireplace Stop, Andrea tricks the eye into seeing greater symmetry by stacking and offsetting two mantelpieces. To further balance things out, she hung a massive and colourful piece of art – painted by her sister – of Dreamer’s Rock on Manitoulin Island.
When parties spill outside, several made-over nooks easily host both small and large groups. Now, the gardens have multiple levels to reflect the home’s roofline, with an emphasis on geometric shapes and simple, clean design.